Kids Yoga and Mindfulness
Mindfulness & Yoga for Youth (Online Class)
(Kids ages 8-11, Teenagers ages 12-16)
Tanya is offering a new format to allow children and teens to engage in a program virtually! This new program is designed for students to engage in mindfulness activities and yoga several times a week.
Participants will learn breathing techniques and other mindfulness tools, and be guided through yoga exercises, to support their overall health. Kids will also be provided an optional creative activity each day to do at home, so they are kept busy with fun and mindful things to do throughout the week!
10 am - 10:45 am on Mon, Wed and Fri
See Schedule for dates
11 am - 12 pm on Mon and Wed
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Classes will be recorded, so if you miss a class, you can watch it later!
Fee: These classes are offered for a sliding scale nominal fee per household.
For kids, the suggested sliding scale for 11 classes is $55 - $110 - $165.
For teens, the suggested sliding scale for 8 classes is $40 - $80 - $120
How it will work:
Register for one or both sessions by emailing Tanya and pay via e-transfer to
On the morning of each day, you will receive an email with the link to join Tanya virtually via Zoom
Before each class' start time, click on the Zoom link to attend the virtual meeting/class and be ready to begin promptly!
You will also receive instructions and/or materials for that day's optional activity to do at home
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tanya.
Arts and Yoga Leadership Camp
The Inner Space is delighted to offer the Arts and Yoga Leadership Camp again this summer!
Join Tanya Porter along with Sr. assistant Karin Schrewe and SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS for a well-balanced week-long adventure, developing compassionate collaboration and leadership skills through drumming, drama, crafts, movement, music, mindfulness, nature walks, park play and yoga.
LEADERSHIP PROJECTS: Each camper is also invited to develop a “passion project” in something they love and will lead the campers through experiencing it. Some past projects were an original dance, story, puppet play, comedy/joke, painting, cupcake decorating, song, slime and mural. We will assist with this and provide materials.
PRESENTATION: Parents/family are invited to a celebration program presented by the campers on Friday evening. Friday is a longer day for the campers with a pizza and veggies dinner party before the presentation. Campers stay through until the presentation from 6-7pm. Families have said it’s a highlight of their summer!!
July 20-24, 2020
When: Monday to Thursday 9am – 4pm, Friday 9am to 6pm (with pizza dinner) & family presentation 6pm to 7pm
Where: Stouffville (Impact Dance Studios, 10 Commercial Street)
Fee: $275 + HST (includes all arts materials, daily morning baked snack and afternoon fruit snack, Thursday ice cream bar snack, Friday pizza dinner and party snacks)
Empowering Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth
In this yoga class, your youth will build confidence and coordination in their growing bodies, as well as cultivate mental focus, curiosity, self-inquiry, positive thought, good boundaries and clear communication within a safe and communal environment where independent practice and social interactivity are both encouraged.
Mindfulness and breathing techniques are also introduced to develop tools for calming the mind and regulating the energy in the body. These are reinforced during the guided relaxation at the end of the session.
If your child is challenged with anxiety or depression, these yoga tools can make all the difference for life of internal balance. At the end of this session, students will leave feeling empowered, embodied and relaxed.
Kids Yoga Adventures
Kid’s Yoga Adventures is a fun and creative way to practice yoga while learning life skills. The program is especially designed as a playful adventure story or game with a different theme each class. The kids practice yoga poses within the story or game structure and are encouraged to approach various joys and challenges with curiosity, inquiry, positive thought and clear communication.
Give your child the opportunity to develop physical awareness and control, mental focus, and tools for the safe release of tension and excess emotional energy in the body! Proper breathing is also introduced in the class to develop tools for calming the mind and regulating their energy, along with a short guided relaxation at the end of each class. This program is so fantastic that parents will wish they were kids again!
Tanya - Yoga Teacher
Tanya is a certified yoga instructor from the The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada.
She has been practising yoga for 23 years, and did a 10-year apprentice with Judith McCaffery, senior teacher in the Sivananda lineage. She has been teaching yoga privately for 16 years, and before that through the TDSB for 4 years. She is registered with the Canadian Yoga Alliance with a designation of CYA-RYT 500.
She currently teaches children and youth yoga and mindfulness in private classes, camps, the Markham-Stouffville Hospital and custom programs for schools in the YRDSB, TDSB and the Catholic School Board. She enriches her youth programs with her extensive background in drama, dance and music.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"From all the time I’ve known and have been taught by Tanya, I have been given a bigger aspect as to who I am and where I am going. Every yoga session as well as encounters in public remind me of the true meaning of my life. She has taught me to look beyond and focus on what things mean and what their purpose is. Tanya has been a big help to me, as well as the rest of my family in times of need, and is always calming and reassuring."
– Suki (Empowering Yoga for Youth)